CEA to FCC: Expedite Two-Way Products

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An article in Multichannel News (Zatz) describes a new proposal filed with the FCC by the CEA (Nov 7) to further advance toward full DCR functionality and parity with low end STBs. The NCTA’s response the next day appears to be “hey, we already gave you OCAP…”

The only genuinely interesting use of CableCards so far has been the DVR. How about a CC Slingbox? Nothing really innovative has passed CableLabs yet. Not even a CC device with an active eSata port, let alone network functionality with video.

Now that MSFT needs this (full DCR functionality) we’ll see how much that additional muscle moves things along. I suspect their streaming approach and significant DRM stature will give them reasonable success.

CEA to FCC: Expedite Two-Way Products

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